Cost of Masonry Repair
All brick work eventually needs repair. Water finds its way into even the smallest cracks in even the most carefully applied mortar. In wet and cold climates this water will expand and contract, causing mortar to deteriorate more quickly. You can usually save significant amounts of money if you decide to repair brick work yourself, but be careful that you do not ignore other problems if you do so. Crumbling or cracked mortar or crumbling or cracked bricks may be signs of damage to the structure or foundation of your house.
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One example of how you can save money by doing your own masonry repair is by replacing the cap on a chimney. A good cap will minimize exposure to water of the brick work under it, thereby increasing your long term cost savings. It will cost you $300 to $500 to purchase the cap and rent a hoist and safety harness to get the cap on top of the chimney. A mason or bricklayer will charge $1,000 to $1,500 to do the job.
Repairing the brick work on a chimney is not complex, but is quite tedious and time consuming. A thorough job starts with a detailed visual inspection of every square inch of the brick work to determine which bricks and mortar need replacement. Depending on the age of your house and where you live, you may have difficulty finding bricks that exactly match the color and texture of the bricks you need to replace. You will need to grind out the crumbled and cracked mortar and replace it. It may cost you $200 to $500 for materials and tools to do this job yourself. A mason or contractor will charge you $1,000 to $1,500 for a tuckpointing job on a chimney.
Your costs to repair brick work can vary. More extensive damage will mean higher costs. Masons or bricklayers may also charge more if a sidewalk, patio or chimney is difficult to access. If a contractor or mason tells you that the damage to brick work is a symptom of deeper water damage or problems with the foundation, you can expect much higher costs to correct these problems. You can expect even higher costs eventually if you ignore such information.
Last updated on Mar 31, 2016
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